Journal article

Undernutrition and malaria in pregnancy - a dangerous dyad?

Holger W Unger, Per Ashorn, Jordan E Cates, Kathryn G Dewey, Stephen J Rogerson

BMC MEDICINE | BMC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In low-resource settings, malaria and macronutrient undernutrition are major health problems in pregnancy, contributing significantly to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth and fetal growth restriction. Affected pregnancies may result in stillbirth and neonatal death, and surviving children are at risk of poor growth and infection in infancy, and of non-communicable diseases in adulthood. Populations exposed to macronutrient undernutrition frequently reside in malaria-endemic areas, and seasonal peaks of low food supply and malaria transmission tend to coincide. Despite these geographic and temporal overlaps, integrated approaches to these twin challenges are infrequ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Bernard Brabin and R Matthew Chico for comments on the manuscript, and Albert Serra-Pou for assistance in preparing Fig. 1. JEC received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health 'Training in Infectious Disease Epidemiology' training grant #5-T32-AI070114. SJR is supported by a Program Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The funders had no role in the design, writing, or decision to publish this study.